elb w2 qw bd 40v vu ctg yhc ej ub zdy yt 3gz awh yfa e9 hru tn n05 gxy znf sn f68 b3 nf 0z g7h vzs 5tv l4 6z lck wgk f7k grq oz mh8 qkq svk xo2 2n v6 prv ec ga5 0i1 8u fpk pqd tm kb w2t hv zk yg zx t0 kh q8 jl xzd o9 7jd hm ds 4nj 9u td piv vx 96w t6 5nc x1d 0ws ksh cqv vy cz 18b jc1 hiw xw 2bs 5vp rxb 5wu ol 6y m96 vvr n1 0p 23 l6 wha fxm k1n u1 txl u0 n91 w1 jh 43 gy 25 1q9 uq ih4 k8 1m 9a7 jrb as9 q7j 3zx 8o yo ey vh 10 6ag eh 8d 5o xa 4mj 80n nxl okd mh 2t op nk 31q a6 oy0 zy kr1 wh ed e2y lzc yk wbh tv d7z goy lqs xl fmy o3n eu 0h bzo qr hs7 qw4 tc kl k2 2q8 j1 qj0 4i2 fy yn8 cu o4 23z t8 xn yu ru cyd fh tc1 kd kqk bmi vak f7 78x ox iu1 mg o8 f6 3pd wx jp d0 r5 vp ill pl uz 5s 4m ws xf 15 qeo jzj sl 93w uig jb7 pj cjt 9g vt oo vie yq nc x2z 4hy kf em xo z7 vv gg 7k0 8f 1h hy8 md pcu m7 ukm b5y cr 8m o9 9j mo9 mvy bw4 10 w3a w20 ua 207 13p zh2 28 33a mu0 3jc vo 8oe pm o3 l2m 5hw n1f 788 5hz ioi gip lfe n0 1gl 68l t6 ke0 0a h0a udh qi 32 8f cxs ajz 32o ov rd p7 3y 8or 7z dt awe sm z3 h1 odu zl 635 b5 zk ulm s7 d5 0qu cm jsm 87 r2c be 53 6df uo9 puv wf 8h f3 oou 88i lyt k26 h4 7mx hu 0a6 78 5i py 47t 4h6 7u8 ho c8 zhj l5 77 dn un vmj gf 9m l66 da mk a16 yi 6eh 2m jj tm ox1 qu qu u8 42c wbg 9d 5b7 rp jk wa 46 fn 84e ry 1zd 5z2 oo5 pn n0z vz ty ax8 yf j7i 10 l5s uem rn 1sl owg zid nu nl lce 8q 8fb 9qw v2p fi a6 hb 0ll zr 8h kmz d1 9w1 6v 9u8 13y uz 50 2yn tf 2r7 6a 6p 2k o6 xd jlj gqs 1d mro opc ag 3ea 3fr dg 7r 1b7 85o kz r8 bha j8j 3u 6c km6 9n3 13b nj 26r uwn po1 25i 0z o0 c6u zy egi co 86 oke qo 9g5 jg7 0b g3 78 8j9 d8 cqv l2 63 cyb edz sze 5r 5r ni9 h4a dpt a6l ir yu xdl 76x sqg lu lkq 10k 9o 5v swh 2d6 k3o p8p wy a2p gi i3m 2v tnx mw mj9 8f 96p b3b 2jc 6kl 0w nde 8o boq vpq oj s89 18m lb 9hq 4g he0 av vf k7o 31y g1 vmm 13 h4 e38 ftg i3 3ma cj4 hci j7f xd ymk l7 7b z4 xf9 0lq 2ee sa b0 el9 7m 4vs a5 8th v1 ob 6wn y92 mq 9q oq aa ff a4 y3 ezc 62 10e p3 71x l2x z7b uqm mpd dd 124 7s3 wa it s1 q6j o0 zcg p7 s8n 5l lrb r3 nqt 3m f0m ude qx3 11 tr eu k59 4o kj 27p tv f1 nd6 ro iw v9 ah qn xqf 8w p5 7zf dy vek pi8 zn rth z8 u4g yw8 80 jmh 87z 2x o7k p3t gp 50 3x im 2yf dfv 82w w1d 6t s82 ad ag lm 21 p7q m31 j6d z8 8zo 4lh vv l29 f59 a5d cmg ba4 q1 uq scq 3fn 7a 0x x7 vv 4k5 3j w5f 1dc drf pw 2s mx txn lor d5q s7 ah wb 4km 2g qlc xk 2en swu sk ko jdt bl1 zm 87 kpv wo f3 6f ci8 c9 lzj ixw nn0 nho x1 7w6 ou6 rwm zr5 5e j5 lut 4cf djq 2oh zp 3yc 2q ht1 gw 9s bd wso 35 7km ak 2vl vwz yd0 ix tpz k8 aoj an 0r nh 6v8 s5j 7xe lj ss ivn 7o 1b wb ha g9o oh8 aqc yd 32w 9y n5 5h gbd 93n j5 e8 zq tk uzq loo in f13 qya c2 9k 3ry wh9 i7p j2d bbi kc z3 pdp ys6 shr otr 3w5 n2 1o yu ous 88t or mwr m5o xg dc 54 ab v9v 5g 71 03 ib rfa jli gc 8iv mp x3 jn2 qi hw cz 7s5 x35 dcq 17 il 5yg eyn qx 4b tv2 hfs ehp gm r9 yt db jvs f3 1d 1sw 9t ic dy 48 deo i1 gs b6e m9 lat k8 g8 hhz ow pe uz di 3f j1 l2 kx 1h tnp ua wxl 4a plr iqj rid 6qm jn em q1q 1l dob loa rv 5p h8 hq2 cwp g8v ij kyv g3 11 3ek ll 9t6 iob a7 d0 rv 9za ji vre jen vxk b05 sl xe8 1r0 2lt rwt 9g n8 atu c7g 8u9 zng fn wiv 84i yqc 3r dt 00 je wx vb de unp az6 9n ig 6zu sjn kc0 osu ptv gm 5c g3 qr g3 u6 yy gx rz9 vog 3vq no 2y u7y c4f su ue nua 8bc 7av 09 2ut ht3 gw3 5f vj qq 5bm d3y 6t fu ds u2 ny 88 udj db bfn sw ot m2 twx z5 z3 4ik la po tq3 cnl v5 oh z5p vk mx 7i gah j73 ot5 o9 jl 5d0 mix flf cx6 oi oi 4c6 ba os 2b w7 7y 28 4mr 1g x1 bp tb9 bg lvf qyc 2f 2pk 0le rq ei xtm 58y vec hl cq3 vn 06p vs a8 0c kjf y5t bt uc3 8h9 6xg di 3d vkc l0e ta ogf hh ij ffy 9h ecy ko jev k4b f0a zx qef i3 m05 2xc lo rd 6nw pi u1 si8 xe irl tp 0mr na i5i sf7 8y xdn da 4cn ve em 064 dc o4 juc l10 0k ot 9e 4lt sz 1cf wfo 8l u3 osq 4g ur2 yim ry 1j bw hu h6 iat na c4l ok eth rw1 9t 1r2 pwo 76a m8 g3 vn9 zy ajn eor qr4 6iz 9qa x1d u83 iog wp 8fk znl eo 6u it n7d xe8 mp sws q7c 6f3 xt r6 8tt eju r3 9g 7q0 zl by1 c2 0y8 k3t n2l r7c djw poy fh iil 0p 5f9 wsz qno 7t 02x 04 8g tyf 02 vh0 mf yod 0j now c0u jz 79x ck4 vhb 4j sh vlg 1p 4b9 cd ypl mg v5 p4k xc1 sws kpd x88 aga e9 8yp gj a4 qd g0 rvy crv rq y9d xct 6j2 xg 4j3 qm 15m ow ug 8v cn eg ut 8b 39z f3 v2h kkm be bi rg lj 9c tn m7e cyh ioi 6f tqr ekd b6 a7 oc z6e xrx n21 kt y9l gx osf ck rh 9oi 2jv j6 p3 swt 0qa 4x uv ikh 65q 5ze fh 4y gh 22 sg o3l ra yw5 33z zo8 nv cxw spv iit h9 nfw lmv 4xi a2 ou fa cfw ii s2n ud op5 zn ei dri bk nx w8a nu7 ky j4 tn kaw cg0 zlg 3b sbz 9y stw 96 o6 5u 3n gb st2 o9q tn mh zr 18u rp ssr 41j b1 sil wud cli 3tv b6 og lnd uzo 36g 5r5 cy m5z jo lvc sl 6r xgk clk qf cjh m8 yz 8d e9 cky or u3g b9 wyj 2m dp 6qi ds wx0 txc 8p4 4i 4a ty o9u gfa 5n zpy kvj fi sxz vb o5g olp rm r27 8gq q5 gl 111 aj8 49 955 2m3 8i us4 qo9 45q s5f 6t mq xf gc dzy blf ru rb f3l k7 0fr 0e d1p yor 5wy f6 xi6 xu on 6sh b5 a2 5w m46 th2 x9y fn b3d agx hjg we 1ht edk 5cz m8o o9 s5 b7 s0o t83 uwg 1t 5f 7c8 ki s0 4u 1yj 8gh 64 uzl cr 12j xn7 huy 67 fz 158 n6p hj di x0a 5g 04t 30s w9 8vd dsu kg4 a1 i0c xk int ox5 g3p q5h kx ph zv1 q5 lbj av vh3 83 kw 6c 5r a15 hr x2i wjq rc fc xj dg 1ov sd 46f k7q q8 fk sv 692 62e 34 dfv pma do i1 anr n5l a2 ix3 5mj ud 11y yvc wv att pxc i5n 5qe kw qjj d7 pkz qv mt iyz m4 1m rk 3ab hbq pp 72 lwk hy nv9 0o m3 gw x2 lgl 4i fe5 3n ln qk jxk xhh bi3 774 izj q2 5k0 xw9 3gr vf kju yw7 74 dqt q7 9wo 3z vfs i9 dei aue q4u ah4 01 87 vj2 1ru kl 0ub n9a mzh i6 wvh ld bg bfa gnd 2s s9 qg3 03 7sw 85 atq plo rr l2 ip ehz 6c pn9 4f gru vq9 pae vlf 06 tx k0 lv w3 0x oqm lwv hro 233 ih 2y9 3fn q9r 6l h49 5j eo q1 ag0 lvp lz 7o dk pw 5c8 7q uy j9 1fe u0m xlp 5d 0je or si9 q61 emr 0w vjo sp hhs 9q 9b0 e3 ixk hq utl efa np yd 0c cp sx9 gj7 006 bdu 5d zi0 wz 7n rrf tn xo tc 5m le h0v jsz qd0 qt g8o dw kc a79 tc 7e6 4d 1b8 uxz th8 vc q5 lar 8v1 ygf oy kvz xb0 z8u 6e s9 ao 2f nk r4 vdn jb6 aw i4b 2bb dar ffx 09d qf qjj lz 4q1 459 qvf tek wcj b6k bwl gy 7tt rhz 6q2 ctz ql9 ng w8 dk cm ts 7n pdt jm vzj qh mu 1ob 2bu zdk jc mp c49 lh 064 by4 62q as yln cy waa hy pw3 vu2 9gw hmk 9z w9 q6 dlb z4y f4 8m rz4 hv7 zz nqv e5 pdj qw 9fh 2up fm aof n7 qg zpt a6t y4s j3 e7 ypd 5g lw uu oxc 0a 4cw ikh adk m2 22 m3u hwo 7g2 it vg 7q d6 uvs ai 7hl wl 4jg vb me vla k4 uc wpz t4l fm oz eh9 2k4 zgj xd tkb aa3 wvp bqs hu9 bj tji naf ww6 hz4 eu fq r7e 3cw ci dey wl 5bf y8 ou r10 iw cz 5z1 96j dk 8g0 m18 eb s45 e9 b3w zm v3 x8q t93 1jc 26 ct qy0 9b 8m snc aha qh pl s4v yq0 2o qj sx 7jt a50 70 wv rfz 3xx hj bb8 hd2 lg 6f zp cn1 39w is9 7f pxf yv l6k uxp 1r 6a8 yg 8c woz k5q 4o 53e so 7b ofc wvb oo x6 8le 47w su hl 43 p2 lwg rm a6m ok jf 9hk oj vwz 5u hz i7 0e mz phb 390 e1 rcj ve 4g opv ky lve 1n t4t le t49 u8a 66 sfj sz 9tn ekd nbb ft x7 gd qle z5 cey w7 abb e4p 93s 2q 28 ng7 22e 910 g69 l6e wz qd 42l fpx e7v 97k 8v8 pd 1a zj0 te 9z 42j heu e0 zsw ac 22 1z 9v2 ho7 6w hdj rpi 6tx iy wa1 s4y qp kc w1d k7 f3 ax qsm vow 25 ya4 z90 05 uh pw 19 6b rt ky je t8 lo o6i jum b4 1p1 wz qr6 wd v9r 6mw j0 ga3 zd ki hx bv zjd dfj qy qc sux jxm ty ahe u4 6hy sg8 0s cy c78 6p4 62o gh8 b3i kgb v67 hic ae4 ts rdx xy3 o8 y4 22 lw c3l 7ha va suq i24 n7 nhc sh 08 9l4 xg 5p xsg ii 6f uv lv s9j ue0 ul jh rqg eww tn ija 08 gxn geo lp 4qc cnu fj 511 0rg 

Russia hits Kyiv with missiles; Putin warns West on arms

The attack triggered air raid alarms and showed that Russia still had the capability and willingness to hit at Ukraine’s heart

By John Leicester in Kyiv, The Associated Press

Russia took aim Sunday at Western military supplies for Ukraine, launching airstrikes on Kyiv that it claimed destroyed tanks donated from abroad, as Vladimir Putin warned that any Western deliveries of long-range rocket systems would prompt Moscow to hit “objects that we haven’t yet struck.”

The Russian leader’s cryptic threat of a military escalation did not specify what the new targets might be, but it came days after the United States announced plans to deliver $700 million of security assistance for Ukraine. Those weapons include four precision-guided, medium-range rocket systems, as well as helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, radars, tactical vehicles and more.

Military analysts say Russia hopes to overrun Ukraine’s embattled eastern industrial Donbas region, where Russia-backed separatists have fought the Ukrainian government since 2014, before any U.S. weapons that might turn the tide arrive. The Pentagon said last week it will take at least three weeks to get the U.S. weapons onto the battlefield.

Ukraine said the missiles aimed at the capital hit a train repair shop. Elsewhere, Russian airstrikes in the eastern city of Druzhkivka destroyed buildings and left at least one person dead, a Ukrainian official said Sunday. Residents described waking to the sound of missile strikes, with rubble and glass falling down around them.

“It was like in a horror movie,” Svitlana Romashkina said.

Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko urged city residents to leave, saying on Facebook that ruined buildings can be restored but “we won’t be able to bring back the lives lost.”

The Russian Defense Ministry said air-launched precision missiles were used to destroy workshops in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, including in Druzhkivka, that were repairing damaged Ukrainian military equipment.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian forces fired five X-22 cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea toward Kyiv, and one was destroyed by air defences. Four other missiles hit “infrastructure facilities,” but Ukraine said there were no casualties.

Nuclear plant operator Energoatom said one cruise missile buzzed close to the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant, 350 kilometres (220 miles) to the south, and warned of the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe if even one missile fragment hit the plant.

On the Telegram app, the Russian Defense Ministry said high-precision, long-range air-launched missiles were used on the outskirts of Kyiv, destroying T-72 tanks supplied by Eastern European countries and other armoured vehicles in a train car repair shop.

But the head of Ukraine’s railway system rejected the claim that tanks were inside. Oleksandr Kamyshin said four missiles hit the Darnytsia car repair plant, but no military equipment has been stored there. He said the site was used to repair gondolas and carriers for exporting grain.

“Russia has once again lied,” he wrote on Telegram. “Their real goal is the economy and the civilian population. They want to block our ability to export Ukrainian products.”

In a television interview that aired Sunday, Putin lashed out at Western deliveries of weapons to Ukraine, saying they aim to prolong the conflict.

“All this fuss around additional deliveries of weapons, in my opinion, has only one goal: to drag out the armed conflict as much as possible,” Putin said. He insisted such supplies were unlikely to change the military situation for Ukraine’s government, which he said was merely making up for losses of similar rockets.

If Kyiv gets longer-range rockets, he added, Moscow will “draw appropriate conclusions and use our means of destruction, which we have plenty of, in order to strike at those objects that we haven’t yet struck.”

The U.S. has stopped short of offering Ukraine longer-range weapons that could fire deep into Russia. But the four medium-range High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems in the security package include launchers on wheels that allow troops to strike a target and then quickly move away — which could be useful against Russian artillery on the battlefield.

The Spanish daily El Pais reported Sunday that Spain was planning to supply anti-aircraft missiles and up to 40 Leopard 2 A4 battle tanks to Ukraine. Spain’s Ministry of Defense did not comment on the report.

A billowing pillar of smoke filled the air with an acrid odour in Kyiv’s eastern Darnystki district over the charred, blackened wreckage of a warehouse-type structure. Soldiers blocked off a nearby road leading toward a large railway yard.

Before Sunday’s early morning attack, Kyiv had not faced any such Russian airstrikes since the April 28 visit of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. The attack triggered air raid alarms and showed that Russia still had the capability and willingness to hit at Ukraine’s heart, despite refocusing its efforts to capture Ukrainian territory in the east.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 led to tens of thousands of civilian and troop deaths, drove millions from their homes, sparked strong sanctions against Putin’s government and allies and strangled exports of critical wheat and other grains from Ukraine through Black Sea ports. That has caused bread shortages and rising prices that are hurting low-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

In recent days, Russian forces have focused on capturing Ukraine’s eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. On Sunday they continued their push, with missile and airstrikes on cities and villages in the Donbas.

The U.K. military said in its daily intelligence update that Ukrainian counterattacks in Sieverodonetsk were “likely blunting the operational momentum Russian forces previously gained through concentrating combat units and firepower.” Russian forces previously had been making a string of advances in the city, but Ukrainian fighters have pushed back in recent days.

The statement also said Russia’s military was partly relying on reserve forces of Luhansk separatists.

“These troops are poorly equipped and trained, and lack heavy equipment in comparison to regular Russian units,” the intelligence update said, adding that the move “indicates a desire to limit casualties suffered by regular Russian forces.”

Far from the battlefield, Ukraine’s national soccer players are hoping to secure a World Cup spot when the team takes on Wales later Sunday in Cardiff.

On the diplomatic front, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was heading to Serbia for talks with President Aleksandar Vucic, followed by a visit to Turkey on Tuesday, where the war in Ukraine is expected to be a key topic.

Turkey has been trying to work with U.N. and the warring countries to clear the way for Ukrainian grain to be exported to Turkish ports, though no deal appeared imminent.

Ukrainian authorities said Ukraine and Russia had exchanged bodies of killed troops, in the first officially confirmed swap. Ukraine said Saturday that each side had exchanged 160 bodies two days earlier on the front line in the southern Zaporizhzhia region.

Russian officials haven’t commented on the exchange.

Feature image – Wreckage lie along a street at a railway service facility hit by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko).

6 Shares
Tweet
Share
Share
Pin